INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Mass changes of alpine glaciers at the eastern margin of the Northern and Southern Patagonian Icefields between 2000 and 2012
BOLCH, TOBIAS; LENZANO, LUIS; FALASCHI, DANIEL; LENZANO, MARÍA GABRIELA; MORAGUES, SILVANA; FALASCHI, DANIEL; LENZANO, MARÍA GABRIELA; MORAGUES, SILVANA; RASTERN, PHILLIP; LO VECCHIO, ANDRES; RASTERN, PHILLIP; LO VECCHIO, ANDRES; BOLCH, TOBIAS; LENZANO, LUIS
JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY
INT GLACIOL SOC
Lugar: London; Año: 2016 p. 1 - 15
Despite renewed efforts to better understand glacier change and recognize glacier change trends in the Andes, relatively large areas in the Andes of Argentina and Chile are still not investigated. In this study, we report on glacier elevation and mass changes in the outer region of the Northern and Southern Patagonian Icefields in the Southern Patagonian Andes. A newly-compiled Landsat ETM+ derived glacier inventory (consisting of 2253 glaciers and ~1314 66 km2 of ice area) and differencing of the SRTM and SPOT5 digital elevation models were used to derive glacier-specific elevation changes over the 2000-2012 period. The investigated glaciers showed a volume change of −0.71 ±0.55 km3 a-1, yielding in a surface lowering of 0.52 ±0.35 m a-1 on average, and an overall mass loss of 0.46 ±0.37 m w.e. a-1. Highly variable individual glacier responses were observed, and interestingly, less negative than previously reported for the neighboring Patagonian Icefields.